Europa Preview : Olympique Marseille v Konyaspor

Germain v Rennes

All is not well at the Velodrome, after a catastrophic 6-1 defeat away to Monaco was followed after the international break by a 3-1 defeat at home to Rennes. Sunday’s match saw the visitors score twice in the first ten minutes, the home team being whistled off the pitch by their supporters, and pointed banners in the stands aimed at […]

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France in Europe – Group Round-Up

Neymar Mbappe

After the international break, this week sees the start of the group stages of the Champions and Europa Leagues. As ever, the draw is the time for fans to start planning tricky mid-week away trips and panicking about squad-depth after the close of the transfer window. Also, as is traditional for the French teams, qualifying saw mixed results as Nice failed to […]

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Europa League Play-Off Second Leg: Olympique Marseille v NK Domzale

Thauvin Domzale

As can happen in the Europa league, you write a preview saying a match should be fairly straightforward and then, well, things don’t quite pan out like that. The first leg ended 1-1 in Ljubljana, as Domzale midfielder Amedej Vetrih flicked one in from a Senijad Ibričić freekick in an opening spell that saw the home side slightly put the frighteners […]

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Europa League Play-Off : NK Domzale v Olympique Marseille

Germain hatttick v Oostende

Marseille continue their European campaign with a 1,000km trip* to Ljubljana to face Slovenian cup-winners NK Domzale in the first leg of the play-offs, in fairly sprightly mood. Beating Belgium’s Oostende 4-2 on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round was pleasing enough, but seeing new acquisition Valere Germain score a hat-trick on his debut in the home tie was even more […]

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Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

Gomis

Watching Galatasaray’s humiliating Europa Cup elimination to Ostersunds last month, it struck me that Bafetimibi Gomis has a remarkable knack of being in the right place at the wrong time. Now 31, the French striker finds himself in Istanbul as part of a squad overhaul prompted by Gala’s wretched fourth place finish in last year’s Super Lig. There is little doubt […]

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Le50 2017 – Maxime López

Lopez OM

No-one really expected a young homegrown player to flourish at Marseille this season. Not least Maxime Lopez, the creative 19-year-old midfielder. At the start of 2016/17, OM were on their knees, without financial support or direction, and had seen another young hope, Bilal Boutobba, decide to jump ship for Sevilla. Then, when the saving grace arrived in the form of […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Wednesday – Marseille v Monaco

CDF 8emes Wednesday

Day 2 of the Coupe de France round of 16 is here, and we have already had one cupset with CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beating Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0, with first-half goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili. Will another underdog join them in the quarter-finals? Today’s big match is Marseille v Monaco (insert joke here – ed.). Niort (Ligue […]

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FFW Podcast : wow PSG

ffw-pod

Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on PSG’s 4-0 win over Barcelona – Barcelona – in the Champions League, review the last three rounds of Ligue 1 and look ahead to the Europa League and the next league round. The podcast is available on… SOUNDCLOUD

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